Are you hungry or dehydrated?

I'm having one of those mornings where I just feel HUNGRY. I had my breakfast about half an hour ago and am already thinking about how early can I eat my lunch. I am, however, reaching for the water bottle. Someone has just told me that hunger pangs are very similar in sensation to dehydration pangs. I know I don't drink enough so it sounds reasonable. So, water it is then.


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14 Replies

  • Hi Lazydaysinmay

    I often find the same - eaten breakfast and an hour later I am hungry (yet it's weetabix or porridge, so it shouldn't be hunger). I find more liquid helps, also distraction - unless I am at work!

    Enjoy the water.


  • Yes, I had porridge so shouldn't be hunger. Fluid intake is helping.

  • Weetabix, Shredded Wheat, wholemeal bread and jacket potatoes are high-glycaemic foods; they can make you hungrier than before you ate.

  • Thanks Concerned. I hadn't realised this.

  • Hi Concerned... I saw this mentioned before - and am at a loss re the wholemeal bread you mention being high GI, as I have about 4 slices of wholemeal bread with 7 seeds, daily. What would you recommend as an alternative? I have googled in where to obtain low GI bread, and the only response is baking it oneself or a bakery (named) but not near to me..I have "searched" at the supermarkets on line for rye bread without luck - as do all my shopping this way. I guess that the rye bread (which Vogels used to make some years ago), would be ideal, but cannot find that anywhere now. I LOVE s'wiches at lunch-time: and might have a sarnie in the evenings too as find prawns or tinned sardines, for instance, need to be enfolded in bread - rather than eating these mixed in with salad or putting them on top of rice or pasta. I thought I was doing the healthy thing having these sarnies (4 slices) with prawns and loadsa salad, separately - or even brocolli as a side dish with a pinch of parmesan. Have you any suiggestions?

  • Sourdough, stone-ground, mixed-grain/seeded breads are usually ok (avoiding additives).

  • Wholemeal bread should be fine. This is one site that gives lists of low to high GI foods.

  • Many thanks Penel AND Concerned: most appreciated.. Mx

  • Wholemeal bread is listed as 69; that's higher than table sugar!

  • Try a protein breakfast if you have time. It will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

  • Hi Folks,

    One alternative might be to substitute Weetabix with Oatibix - not sure if anyone else is making an equivalent, I've not seen any supermarket own versions as yet.

    It's like having porridge almost, but quicker. I also put a bit of pinhead Oatmeal on it.

    It is a few more calories though.

    Good luck with your weight loss journeys.

  • Good to see you back :-)

  • Than you Doikosp - I have managed to get some Oatibix today so look forward to trying it - looking forward to feeling fuller for longer.

  • I've switched to Oatibix - although I am still hungry before lunch it is not as soon as I have eaten! Yes, they do use quite a bit of milk but with careful measuring and using skimmed milk, they are still within the recommended breakfast guideline of 280 cals for women on the NHS Choices.

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